Savannah is establishing the first ConnectFutures Youth Advisory Board, working to ensure youth voice is embedded into the work and decision making conducted by the organisation. She is an experienced public speaker, facilitator and campaigner who is dedicated to youth empowerment through education. In roles such as Education Officer at the University of Sheffield’s Students’ […]


Jordan is an experienced youth worker specialising in mentoring and facilitation to tackle exploitation and violence. He has an intersectional and inclusive approach to working with young people, with a focus on behavioural change.


Si is an experienced and engaging youth worker with a wealth of knowledge in multiple areas of youth work. He has a passion for working with young people, and has dedicated his career to helping them overcome the challenges they face. Si’s expertise lies in a number of areas, including serious youth violence, radicalisation, criminal exploitation, […]


Rebecca is a PhD student in the Marketing and Strategy Department at Aston Business School. Her research falls within the realm of strategy and specifically strategy-as-practice, which is the doing of strategy. She is particularly interested in exploring how strategy work takes place in real-world settings. At ConnectFutures, Rebecca is an external collaborator, working with […]


Jacob is a PhD Candidate funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), based at the University of Liverpool. Working in collaboration with ConnectFutures, his PhD seeks to explore the prevalence of ‘Conflicted’ (previously mixed, unstable or unclear) extremist ideologies and new forms of extremism including incels and misogynistic-driven violence within prevailing notions of […]


Malik is a professional hip hop artist, producer and lyricist and has toured with artists including Jay-Z, Mark Ronson, Professor Green and Wiley.  Malik is a highly skilled facilitator, performer and public speaker. These skills he has developed through music and therapeutic spoken word. He has worked with at risk young people within secure units, […]


Craig is an experienced project manager and facilitator, working across a range of groups including young people, newly arrived communities, and those with additional support needs. With over 10 years working in the third sector supporting individuals, he is passionate about making a difference and building skills within people. Alongside this, he has supported and […]


Carys has 10 years experience working in communities and with young people in third sector organisations. Her specialism is the design of interactive programmes that seek to challenge, integrate and develop confidence in the attendees. She has extensive youth work experience, most notably in alternative education settings that encourage social integration and community-led development. Carys […]


Annemarie has extensive international experience. She has worked for over 8 years in the fields of governance, youth development and refugee resettlement. She holds a Batchelor of Arts in International Relations and is currently completing a Master of Science in Management in International Business. She has been actively involved with organisations such as Oxfam, where […]

Dr Laura Zahra McDonald

Laura is a passionate advocate of whole community approaches to social challenges. Her academic background combined with practitioner experience is rooted in harnessing research to inform best practice, using collaborative, asset-based methods.   She has worked to promote equality, diversity and inclusion since 2003 and has extensive experience in innovative, critical enquiry, programme design and evaluation […]

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